A Floyd County man enjoyed a few days of freedom after escaping from the Atlanta Transitional Center on April 12th; he was back in custody on April 23rd.
Just prior to 1:00pm Wednesday, the Georgia State Patrol received a request from U.S. Marshals in helping them locate a vehicle being driven by escapee Winford Reece Ellis.
A trooper soon spotted the suspects’ vehicle – a blue GMC Sierra pickup – and initiated a traffic stop in the Cave Spring area. Ellis bailed out and attempted to flee on foot before being tackled by the trooper. During the brief struggle, Ellis allegedly attempted to gain control of the officer’s weapon but was unsuccessful in doing so – however the suspect managed to wrestle free and run from the scene.
Ellis was later found in a wooded area off of Friendship Road and taken into custody by the Polk County PD with the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit.
The 39 year old was serving time for multiple felonies, including a rape which took place back in November of 2000, according to information on the Georgia Department of Corrections website.